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Evening Newscast 09-08-17

Sep 8, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

As what’s being called a “critical fire weather” weekend approaches, Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says: “Available overhead, crews, engines,& aircraft are insufficient to meet existing needs in the Northern Rockies."

A list of suggested state budget cuts is due to Governor Steve Bullock this evening.

Glacier National Park has stopped issuing backcountry camping permits due to an expected increase in fire activity this weekend. 

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Fire managers report that burnout operations on the West Fork Fire outside Libby are going as expected this afternoon.

Governor Steve Bullock today asked FEMA for additional funding to fight the wildfires that have now burned over a million acres across the state.

Evening Newscast 09-06-2017

Sep 6, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Evacuation orders have been lifted on some fires in Montana, but some residents who returned home are being warned to prepare to leave again, if needed.

Four finalists for the position of president of the University of Montana have been invited to Missoula for on-campus interviews later this month.

Heavy smoke over the Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park made for a day of reduced fire behavior today.

Smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire burning outside Seeley Lake is proving to be both a blessing and a curse.

Evening Newscast 09-05-17

Sep 5, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Sprague Fire, which prompted an evacuation order over the weekend that included the Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, has grown to nearly 13,500 acres.

After doubling in size this past weekend, the Rice Ridge Fire burning near Seeley Lake has now scorched 108,000 acres.

Flathead County commissioners issued a declaration of emergency Tuesday due to fire danger.

Plans for a water bottling plant outside Kalispell moved one step closer to fruition.

Evening Newscast 09-01-17

Sep 1, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Governor Steve Bullock this afternoon declared a state of disaster in Montana due to wildfires.

Classes for Seeley Swan High School will be held off site at The Resort at Paws Up next week.